— Trying to plan a vacation but don’t know where to start, where to go, or how to budget?  AARP New Hampshire is proud to present noted local Travel Expert/Columnist Chase Binder, who will share her experiences and recommendations for the 50+ traveler.  The presentation will cover a range of topics important to you!  Examples include:     Traveling on a fixed income Planning and booking a trip Local, State, National, and International venues Packing Safety concerns And of course, your …

— Warren Searls, AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy and Executive Council member, in this video explains that while the Arkansas Constitution “caps” interest on consumer loans at 17 percent Annual Percentage Rate (APR), an out-of-state lender is using a loophole to charge up to 280 percent APR! Senate Bill 658, which has passed the Arkansas Senate and is pending in the state House of Representatives, will seal shut this phantom loophole. AARP Arkansas strongly supports SB658—because less than eight years …

— The art of aging gracefully has changed. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and nearly all people aged 65+ live with at least one chronic condition. This is why AARP New Hampshire, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, and the National Council on Aging present the Aging Mastery Program®.  It’s a wellness series that combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives, cultivating health and longevity! …

— A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The study of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all races, ethnicities and political ideologies for elected officials to clear the way for employee savings initiatives. The total …

— Join AARP Colorado for its free Financial Resilience seminar in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood on Tuesday April 25 to discuss how to get the most out of your retirement savings. (Please bring your adult children and grandchildren. This information is important for all ages.) Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need. We also help you find real advice about collecting your …

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— Tallahassee, Fla.  – AARP Florida will oppose legislative proposals that would allow Florida electric utility companies, including Florida Power & Light, to use residential customers’ money to finance exploration and drilling ventures seeking natural gas in other states. AARP’s Florida advocacy manager, Jack McRay, announced AARP’s position in remarks before the Florida Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee Tuesday.  The committee is one of several state legislative committees considering SB 1238, by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville. The legislation seeks …

— If you were to ask a typical Vermonter how to fix health care in America, you can be sure [he/she] would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act — a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans.  That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on their own might …

— Be an Informed Consumer! Use these Top Ten Wintertime Tips to Save Money & Energy The good news… spring is right around the corner. The bad news…your home utility bills will continue to reflect these frigid temperatures for weeks to come. We’ve all boosted the thermostat during the many sub-freezing days and nights to keep warm. AARP  wants you to stay warm, so we’re working to bring you the consumer some of our best tips for saving energy and lowering your …

— AARP Maine Attending PUC Community Meetings on Deregulation of Basic Landline Telephone Service in 5 Towns, Urges Outreach to Local Residents   PORTLAND: Beginning this spring, FairPoint customers in five of Maine’s most populous towns will start to see changes in their landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out.  The changes can be confusing. AARP Maine is working to ensure that local residents are aware of the meetings and have access to information about the changes and …

— Everyone dreams about retirement. But how many people are actually planning for it? AARP Hawaii is holding a “Think of Your Future” workshop at the Pearl City Public Library on Sunday, March 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member to attend. The following sessions are …